The Norman Transcript


May 25, 2013

Okla. legislature adjourned early



“I felt really good about this session,” Fallin said. “We got our priorities done this year. We proposed different things in our budget that I was very pleased that we were able to get funding for.”

Fallin praised the Legislature’s passage of a major overhaul of the state’s workers’ compensation system, saying the conversion from a court system to an administrative one will benefit businesses by lowering workers’ compensation insurance premiums, but Democrats and those who represent injured workers argue those savings will come at the expense of employees injured on the job.

But not all of Fallin’s proposals came to fruition. A proposal she supported to allow cities and towns to enact stricter smoking bans than currently exist in state law was shot down early in the session, prompting Fallin to announce plans to spearhead a signature drive to circumvent the Legislature and place an anti-smoking initiative on the ballot.

Fallin also expressed disappointment that a plan to consolidate the administrative operations of the state’s pension systems failed to get traction in the waning days of the Legislature.

Democrats complained that while the 2013 session was a good one for some businesses and wealthy individuals, there wasn’t much to benefit the average working Oklahoman. The Legislature’s failure to approve pay hikes for teachers and other state workers, while at the same time passing tax cuts that disproportionately benefit wealthy taxpayers, was a disappointment, said House Democratic Leader Rep. Scott Inman

“There are major losers in this legislative session,” said Inman, D-Del City.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Board votes to delay plan

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s State Board of Education voted on Wednesday for a second time to delay a formal plan for adopting new education standards in math and English amid opposition to the proposal from three education groups that ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Sentencing delayed for Oklahoma tea party leader

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Formal sentencing for the co-founder of the Sooner Tea Party on felony blackmail and computer crimes convictions has been delayed....

    July 23, 2014

  • Heat advisory issued for much of Oklahoma

    TULSA — The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory through late today for much of the state as stifling heat and humidity continue to affect Oklahoma this week....

    July 23, 2014

  • 34 OSBI agents graduate investigative academy

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Thirty-four agents are graduating from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Advanced Investigative Academy....

    July 23, 2014

  • Okla. legislator doctor wants minors quarantined

    OKLAHOMA CITY — A state lawmaker who is one of two doctors in the Oklahoma Legislature is insisting that unaccompanied immigrant minors being housed at Fort Sill be quarantined....

    July 23, 2014

  • Common Core repeal has state teachers worried about instruction

    OKLAHOMA CITY — With the Legislature’s repeal of tough, new English and math standards known as Common Core, education leaders said they’re concerned Oklahoma students will fall further behind their counterparts in more than 40 states ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Highway Patrol sees spike in number of applicants

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Two bills that passed the Legislature this past spring have sparked an increase in the number of applicants to join the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, officials said....

    July 20, 2014

  • 1M visit Okla. parks

    OKLAHOMA CITY — A new report from the National Parks Service shows that more than 1 million people visited Oklahoma’s national parks in 2013 and spent $17.2 million. Oklahoma has thee national parks: Washita Battlefield National Historic ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Unemployment rate falls to 4.5 percent

    OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma unemployment rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.5 percent in June. The figures released Friday by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission show that while the number of Oklahomans without a ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Gay Marriage Oklahoma Court reverses ban on gay marriage

    OKLAHOMA CITY — A federal appeals court rulied Friday that Oklahoma’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, spurring celebration among gay rights activists but sparking sharp anger among Republican leaders in a conservative state that ...

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo